How to Prevent Sewing Thread Breakage

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Aurora Sisneros provides helpful tips and techniques for preventing sewing thread breakage. Find out how to put moisture into your older thread by just a few household items. See how simple it is to strengthen your thread!

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8 Responses to “How to Prevent Sewing Thread Breakage”
  1. Lynne Sheldon

    What a neat idea! I have never heard this before. I am so glad that I have not thrown away some spools of thread I inherited from my Mom. Thank you!


    Thanks for the great idea! Do you leave your thread in the bag? or put it back into the storage & is there any problem with them going moldy? Rayon threads can be one of the hardest threads to use because of their perpensity to break and I think this may work to improve their performance – they look so cool… HUGS

    • National Sewing Circle

      Yes, you can leave your thread in a bag. Temperature and humidity are what you want to consider when storing your thread if you are worried about mold. Try to keep them somewhere where there is a consistent room temperature (so not near a heater or air conditioner in a room)
      and where humidity is fairly low. Another thing that can cause thread breakage, among other issues, is direct sunlight. If you are using a thread rack or something hanging on the wall or siting on a shelf, make sure it is not in the direct sunlight.
      Hope this helps!

    • Customer Service

      Hi Becca. Since you will only be leaving the thread with the moistened paper towel for a few hours mildew won’t form. Also, once the thread is removed from the bag it is not necessarily ‘wet’. By adding moisture back into the thread you are simply taking an old spool of thread and making it feel like a new spool.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Laurie

    I was so hopeful this would work, which it did, for some of the spools, some I put in for a second time. Some spools were repaired after the 2nd time. The others I tossed. So It works for some anyway. Now I need to go through the hundreds left. ( o :

  4. lesley

    thank you for the tip my thread has been breaking and I put it off to being cheap thread, but hey now I know what to do. I also store my threads on plastic containers out of sunlight and the containers are see through


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